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My 1055t is currently dead, and after some careful deliberation, I have decide to make the jump to Sandy Bridge (2500k). Only question left is motherboard, and I'd love some imput. Prefer it to be under $165 shipped.

-I plan on overclocking (of course)
-I plan on CF'ing my 6950 sometime in the future
    
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Asrock P67 Extreme4 or Asus P8P67 Pro (ASrock is owned by Asus so it's fairly reliable). In any case, I find that the ASRocks give you more bang for your buck. Both are decent boards (although Asus has a LOT of love on this forum, look here: http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...l#post13809841)
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Asrock USED to be owned by Asus, they're independent now.
Buy a K series chip, it's worth the extra to clock it up.
Skip any non K chip as they're almost unclockable. Look for a P67 (with the B3 version of the chipset) or z68 chipset.
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$165 shipped for CF board?
MSI P67A-GD55 - $ 154.99 (+ $7.87 shipping)

open box MSI P67A-GD65 - $132.99 (+ $7.87 shipping)

MSI P67A-GD65 - $164.99 << free shipping


Personally, I'd take the GD55.
Edited by choLOL - 6/9/11 at 9:31am
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Can someone explain the differences between the p67 and z68? Know those are the only 2 chipsets that allow overclocking but that's about it
    
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"+" = with, "-" = w/o

p67:
+ OC
- IGP

h67:
+ IGP
- OC

z68:
+ OC
+ IGP
+ ssd caching? (not sure if all z68 boards have this feature)

I am not entirely sure about this, but I read that z68 is better for video encoding because of Virtu(?) or Quicksync(?). Basically, the IGP in the CPU is better for video encoding, and you can switch between IGP and dedicated GPU whenever you want or need to.
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Can someone explain the differences between the p67 and z68? Know those are the only 2 chipsets that allow overclocking but that's about it
Here is a good article from my favorite(lol) site:

Ever since Intel launched the new 1155 socket, the P67 and H67 chipsets brought awesome features but forced us to make important choices (sacrifices). Simply put we had to choose between “overclocking and discrete GPU – P67†OR “Quick Sync and integrated GPU – H67â€!

Of course, we wanted it all together in one package! Z68 is supposed to provide the solution by combining all the features so let’s see if it does!

Pricing
So far, only a few manufacturers (ASRock and ASUS) are offering Z68 motherboards but that will change soon. The price is expected to be initially around $210 but it will change with more offering and I expect pricing to be anywhere between $140 - $350 depending on the included features.
Features
Overclocking is fully enabled so tweaking of CPU, RAM and integrated GPU speeds is possible. There is not USB 3.0 ports yet. Integrated GPU provides superior video encoding. Smart Response Technology (SRT) AKA SSD Cashing is a very interesting new feature. It allows improve the performance of your hard drive by combining it with an SSD drive. The SSD drive serves as a cache and SSD+HD combination greatly improves the overall system performance. Quick Sync is available on Z68 motherboards as well.
Video modes
So far it looks great so what is the catch you might ask? The catch with Z68 motherboards is in the GPU configuration. By default the integrated GPU is the primary processing GPU and the main video output (you must connect the monitor here). This is a problem because if the more powerful discrete GPU is present it would be ignored in this configuration. Thanks to the software that is packaged with the ASUS motherboard you have more options. "Virtue" software made by LUCID allows you to choose between inegratedGPU and discreteGPU mode in addition to the default mode (integrated GPU only).
The “integrated GPU mode†is using integrated GPU as the main video output (connect the video output cable here) and the discrete GPU used only when required. Only when running in full 3D mode or similar demanding processes will Virtu force the discrete GPU to process the raw data and then invoke the integrated GPU to finish the data processing. This mode does NOT offer the optimum system performance. The main drawbacks are the overhead in this configuration and limitation of only one discrete GPU (no SLI or Crossfire). The main benefit of this mode is power savings and utilization of superior integrated GPU video encoding capability.
The “discrete GPU mode†is using discrete GPU as the main video output (connect the video output cable here). In this mode multiple GPU setups (SLI and Crossfire) are possible. The discrete GPU(s) is used to process all data and the integrated GPU can be used for its superior video encoding capabilities. No huge power saving benefits but this is the mode for optimum gaming performance.


Should I upgrade to Z68 motherboard?
The main question is: to upgrade or not to upgrade to Z68? The answer depends on your current system and your needs. If the current system is older and you want to upgrade to Sandy Bridge then this could be the right platform for you. Low budget – no problem. Start without the discrete GPU and add one or more when possible. If both video encoding and overclocking are important to you then this is the good upgrade. On the other hand if you already have 1155 motherboard (P67 or H67) with Sandy Bridge CPU then I do not see a huge benefit in upgrading to Z68 at this time. Wait until the next generation (Ivy Bridge) is out and then reconsider your needs.
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